Surely, you jest

Great metaphor for Jon Stewart from The Guardian:

It was this comedian who, like a court jester, told uncomfortable truths about the Iraq war when the mainstream media was playing cheerleader. Now, as the financial apocalypse unfolds, it is Stewart again who is scything through the herd mentality and culture of deference.

The idea of the lowliest member of the court being the only one fool enough to tell the mightiest member the truth stems from two stories, I think — that of the Fisher King and the Emperor with his “new clothes” — both of which show how power and wealth can breed a peculiar blindness to the obvious. It is not for poetry that Jesus said:

Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
— Matthew 19:23-24

Goodness knows what the state of my unit trusts back home are — I know I’ve lost a considerable amount of HK dollars thanks to the monthly contributions made to my provident fund here. But I’m assuming that I have years of worker bee productivity ahead — what about those approaching or in their retirement who have lost every single cent they’ve scrimped and saved over decades? While no one owes anyone a living, common decency and good faith has proved to be no match for the lure of hot, hot money.

Actions have consequences. And the big stick doth cometh. Maybe Jon Stewart’s trashing of CNBC’s rubbish reporting is the shot across the bow. I highly recommend the unedited Stewart vs Cramer:

As the curtain draws back on the full extent of these crimes against the well-being of humanity, is a revolution coming? Are revolutions rising? Will there be change we can believe in? If not, this is just the nadir of another cycle coming.


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